It has been rumored that Rounin star AngelicaPanganiban has been the cause of delay in the show's taping schedule because ofthe young actress's constant absences.
"Hindi naman," said Luis Manzano, defending his Rouninleading lady. "Technically, sira naman na ‘yong schedule. Tapos na dapat kamimatagal na pero dahil sa bagyo, nasira ‘yong set. So kailangan naming mag-extendng taping ulit."
Rounin took a year before it finally aired onABS-CBN. Special effects and graphics caused the delay, management said.
Luis explained, "She [Angelica] has to accept projects dinnaman, di ba? Kailangan naming magtrabaho. So, ang dami naming natanggap din naibang trabaho [while Rounin is in post-prod]. Kahit ako, ang dami ko narin natanggap na ibang trabaho... So nagkasabay-sabay na. Kailangan din namannamin ng pahinga."
He added, "And I have to say, si Angel, sumi-segue ng taping'yan. Maging Sino Ka Man from Batangas tapos babalik ng Rizal for Rounin.She's one of the hardest workers sa show."
Luis also dispelled rumors that the sexy young star is aprima donna on the set.
"Si Angel, hanggang 'di sinasabi na pack-up siya, she stayssa set. Never naging prima donna si Angel. Sinasabi niya beforehand na maycut-off siya [kung hangang anong oras lang siya puwede magtrabaho]. Alam namanng lahat. Nagkataon lang na lahat kami hirap sa schedule," he clarified.
Angelica has two teleseryes, Rounin and MagingSino Ka Man, as well as a variety show, ASAP '07. Luis also has Rouninand ASAP '07 to keep him busy.
Luis noted, "Hindi rin biro ang ginagawa ng production.Hirap ng ginagawa nila to juggle the schedules of everyone... Kung may cut-offka, ginagawan naman ng paraan."
On a lighter note, Luis, who once admitted that he had acrush on Angelica, has only good things to say about Angelica and rumoredsqueeze Derek Ramsey."I was there when it [the dating] was happening...It's safe to say na special sila sa isa't isa. And I think she's being treatedright naman. Maganda rin ang samahan nila. 'Ayun, I'm very happy for her," heended.